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Lot (2) Casting Lots


 

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While no thinking person makes an important decision by “flipping a coin” or “rolling the dice,” that is actually what many do who depend upon subjective criteria such as feelings or urges. While lots were necessary in ancient times, God has provided us with no less than four tools for making decisions:

 

First, He has given us His Word. As noted yesterday, many verses tell us exactly, word-for-word, what God’s will is. This is always the starting point, and more times than not it is the only guideline we will need. I have heard some people say, for example, “I’m looking for a sign not to marry that unbeliever,” when God has stated categorically that a Christian should never do that (2Co_6:14 to 2Co_7:1). “[God’s] Word is a lamp unto [our] feet, and a light unto [our] path” (Psa_119:105), and it will show us each step we need to take and the decision we need to make.

 

Second, inseparably linked to His Word, God also gives us wisdom. We need only ask Him for it (Jas_1:5). Wisdom is the ability to make the right choices at the opportune times (March 22), and so it is the ability to apply God’s Word to any situation, even those not specifically addressed. Solomon is our example. Already having the written Law, he did not ask for more revelation, but asked God for discernment (March 25) to apply what he already had (1Ki_3:5-12). God answered that request, and the verses that follow illustrate how he used that gift (1Ki_3:16-28).

 

Third, God also allows us our wishes, if they are godly. Desire does have something to do with our decisions. The most important aspect of desire, of course, is found in Jas_4:3 : “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” Be sure your desire is not just lust, but a godly, biblical desire. With that established, what do you want to do? As David assures us, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psa_37:4).

 

Fourth and finally, God also gives us warning. As the last “safety valve,” God provides us with the godly counsel of others. This can be a godly friend, a parent, or a pastor who might see something we don’t or might give encouragement we didn’t consider.

 

Scriptures for Study: Read the following verses for each of our four points: Word (Psa_119:89; Psa_119:97-100; Psa_119:129; Psa_119:30; 2Ti_3:16-17; 2Pe_1:3); wisdom (Pro_1:20-23; Pro_2:1-6); wishes (Ecc_9:9-17; Ecc_11:9); warning (Pro_12:15; Pro_15:22; Pro_19:20; Pro_27:9).

 

 

 

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Huckabee:Evangelicals Will Walk if GOP Backs Gay Marriage


Wednesday, March 20, 2013 05:49 PM

By: Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter

Mike Huckabee warns that Republicans risk losing the vote from evangelical Christians if they back away from their opposition to gay marriage.

Last week, Ohio Sen. Bob Portman announced he has reversed his position and now supports gay marriage.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee — and ordained Southern Baptist minister — was asked if he sees the GOP ever pivoting and backing gay marriage.

“They might. And if they do, they’re going to lose a large part of their base because evangelicals will take a walk,” he responds.

“And it’s not because there’s an anti-homosexual mood, and nobody’s homophobic that I know of, but many of us, and I consider myself included, base our standards not on the latest Washington Post poll, but on an objective standard, not a subjective standard.

“I have great sympathy and extraordinary admiration for Sen. Portman. I consider him a friend and I value his work in the Senate and think he’s a great person. The mistake is that we sometimes base our public policy decisions on how we feel, how we think, maybe even some personal experiences, and we don’t regard a lot of these issues from the standpoint of an objective standard.

“Let me explain what I mean by that. If we have subjective standards, that means that we’re willing to move our standards based on the prevailing whims of culture. Politicians have an obligation to be thermostats, not just thermometers. They’re not simply to reflect the temperature of the room, or the culture, as it were. They’re to set the standards for law, for what’s right, for what’s wrong, understanding that not everybody’s going to agree with it.
“On this issue, I recognize the culture is moving away from the traditional standard, but it’s almost like saying, well, we have a basketball team and nobody on the team can hit the goal that’s 10 feet off the floor so we’re going to lower the goal down to six feet and that way everybody can slam dunk the ball.

“So the question is, have you improved your basketball game? Or have you actually just changed the standard so it looks like you’re doing better? And that’s my concern.”

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